Information Sessions Upcoming in San Diego

2018 participants celebrate their last stop in Costa Rica at Golfito Village Marina.

The third annual Panamá Posse" rally sails from Mexico to the Panama Canal this November, with stops at seven countries–Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. The rally starts at its official headquarters Marina Puerto de la Navidad in Barra, Mexico. The adventure concludes at the Marina Vista Mar near the Panamá Canal on May 30, 2020. 

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Panamá Posse gives participants six months to complete a 2,000-nautical-mile route. Those coming down on the Baja Ha-Ha or the CUBAR rallies from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas can easily segue from one of those rallies to this one, organizers said. 

This year the Posse kick-off party happens after Thanksgiving, giving would-be participants about three weeks to make it from Marina Cabo San Lucas to Barra de Navidad. That’s about 420 nm with plenty of anchorages, marinas and fuel docks along the way–all documented in www.goodnautical.com

the magnificent and active Masaya Volcano is visible from the El Transito anchorage in Nicaragua.

the magnificent and active Masaya Volcano is visible from the El Transito anchorage in Nicaragua.

Benefits of the Panamá Posse include fleet safety and security, discounts at marinas, 350 verified anchorages, accurate and detailed custom and immigration procedures, cultural land excursions and group parties, contest and special events at most marinas. And of course, lifelong-friendships.

The Panamá Posse rally has grown from 83 boats in year one to 150 boats this third season. Motor and sailboats ranging from 27 feet to 225 feet, representing 15 countries have participated thus far and will spend an estimated $6 Million annually across the seven Central American countries.

A Posse participant anchors off the lush rain forest of Pacific Costa Rica.

A Posse participant anchors off the lush rain forest of Pacific Costa Rica.

Marina Puerto de la Navidad, is offering discounted slip fees for all Panamá Posse registered vessels for the month of November and early December. The launch party will be held with an open bar at Marina Puerto de la Navidad on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. During the week, seminars will be held to cover the following topics, navigation, route planning, weather, safety, Open CPN satellite overlay on electronic charts, provisioning, cultural points of interest, land tours and intro to the Good Nautical website exclusive to Panamá Posse registrants.

Panamá Posse Sponsors:

Downwind Marine – San Diego, CA, Marina Puerto Vallarta – Puerto Vallarta, México, Marina Puerto de La Navidad – Barra de Navidad, México, Marina Ixtapa – Ixtapa, México, La Marina Acapulco – Acapulco, México, Marina Chiapas – Chiapas, México, Marina Bahia del Sol – Bahia del Sol, El Salvador, La Palma Moorings – Bahia del Sol, El Salvador, Bill & Jean – El Salvador Rally, El Salvador, Marina Puesta del Sol – Aserradores, Nicaragua, Marina Papagayo – Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Marina Pez Vela – Quepos, Costa Rica, Banana Bay Marina – Golfito, Costa Rica, Vista Mar Marina – Coronado, Panamá, Shelter Bay Marina – Christobal, Panamá, Red Frog Marina – Bocas del Toro, Panamá

Organizers are presenting Panamá Posse at a series of three ‘Cruisers Welcome’ meet and greet events, where Captain Dietmar Petutschnig (USCG 100-ton & Yachtmaster Ocean 200-ton) will be on hand to answer any questions about the route.

Meet Dietmar and learn more about Panamá Posse on Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downwind Marine in San Diego; Tuesday, Oct. 29 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Downwind Marinein San Diego and Sunday, Nov. 3, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baha-Ha-Ha kick-off Party at West Marine, hosted by Mexico Tourism.

Additional Information and event sign-up at www.panamaposse.com

PR Contact: Suzanne DuBose +1 (702) 509-0320 suzanne@panamaposse.com

SPONSORSHIP & EVENT Contact: Captain Dietmar Petutschnig +1 (858) 848-NESW dietmar@panamaposse.com

Going through the locks of the Panama Canal en route to the Caribbean.

Going through the locks of the Panama Canal en route to the Caribbean.

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